Posts Tagged ‘facial masks’

Most Transit Agencies are Mask Optional Now

May 13, 2022

Most public transit agencies have made optional the wearing of a facial mask while aboard buses and trains.

A story posted on the website of Progressive Railroading this week noted that New York City is one notable exception.

Most transit agencies dropped the mask rule after a federal judge in Florida invalidated the U.S. Centers for Disease Control federal mask mandate.

The mandate was first imposed in January 2021 and had been extended several times.

Following that ruling Amtrak and the nation’s airlines also changed their own face mask rules to make wearing of masks optional.

CDC continues to recommend that transit system users wear facial masks while aboard transit vehicles.

Face Mask Rule Extended to Next March

December 8, 2021

A federal rule requiring the wearing of facial masks while riding public modes of transportation has been extended to March 18, 2022.

The rule affects airports, commercial aircraft, over-the-road buses, and commuter bus and rail systems.

Exempt from the rule are travelers under age 2 those with disabilities that prevent them from wearing a face mask.

Civil penalty fines for violating the rule will stay in effect.

TSA Increases Fines for Mask Noncompliance

September 11, 2021

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has increased penalties for violations of federal facial mask mandates aboard trains, planes and public transit vehicles.

The new penalties range from $500 to $1,000 for first offenders to $1,000 to $3,000 for second offenses.

The mask mandate for travel was introduced last Feb. 2 and is in effect through Jan. 18, 2022.

TSA officials said they hope the increased fines will “reinforce the importance of voluntary adherence.”

Mask Mandate Extended to January 2022

August 22, 2021

The Transportation Safety Administration confirmed last week that the current federal mask mandate for passengers aboard commercial flights, trains and buses will be extended to Jan. 18, 2022.

A TSA spokesperson said the extension is to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on public transportation, particularly the highly transmissible Delta variant.

The current mask order is set to expire on Sept. 13 and has been in effect since last January.

It requires face masks to be worn by all travelers on airplanes, ships, trains, subways, buses, taxis and ride-shares and at transportation hubs such as airports, bus or ferry terminals, train and subway stations, and seaports.

Although the government of Canada recently said it plans to seek to require all airline passengers to be vaccinated, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said there was no discussion “at this time” about requiring vaccines for domestic airline passengers.

Face Mask Mandate Extended to Sept. 11

May 3, 2021

The requirement that face masks be worn while aboard public transportation has been extended until Sept. 13.

The mandate had been set to expire on May 11 but the Transportation Security Agency said it was extended because the COVID-19 pandemic remains a danger to public health.

“Right now, about half of all adults have at least one vaccination shot and masks remain an important tool in defeating this pandemic,” TSA said in a statement. “We will continue to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to evaluate the need for these directives and recognize the significant level of compliance thus far.”

The mandate applies to air and intercity rail travel. Those refusing to comply will be subjected to fines of $250 to $1,500.

USDOT Campaign Promotes Mask Wearing

March 20, 2021

A publicity campaign seeking to get travelers to wear facial masks has been launched by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

In a news release, USDOT said the “Mask Up” campaign seeks to make the case that wearing a mask is essential for the safety of transportation workers.

The campaign involves the agency’s various bodies, including the Federal Railroad Administration and Federal Transit Administration.

The campaign’s centerpiece is a digital toolkit that includes posters, social media materials, FAQs, and other resources.

CDC Mandates Mask Use on Public Transportation

February 2, 2021

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued an order requiring mask use for all domestic travel on public transportation.

The order applies to passengers aboard trains, planes and buses and is also applicable inside of stations, airports and bus terminals.

Transportation providers are directed by the order to use their “best efforts” to ensure mask use, including removal of passengers who refuse to comply.

Enforcement of the order will be handled by the Transportation Security Administration and other federal authorities working as needed with state and local agencies.

The CDC mandate comes after President Joseph Biden signed an executive order on Jan. 21 requiring mask use while traveling on public transportation systems.

The agency said the purpose of the order is to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19.

CDC Recommends Masks for Train, Transit Travel

October 21, 2020

Passengers and crew members aboard passenger trains and public transit vehicles should wear masks the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week.

The interim guidance directive said the recommendation is designed to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The recommendation applies to those waiting for trains or working at stations as well as while traveling aboard trains for the duration of travel. 

CDC recommended that operators refuse boarding to anyone not wearing a mask.

In a statement, the CDC said it issued the directive because of how interconnected most transportation systems are across the nation and the world.

Therefore local transmission can grow quickly into interstate and international transmission when infected people travel on public conveyances without wearing a mask and with others who are not wearing masks, CDC officials said.

Amtrak Tightens Rules on Mask Wearing

July 25, 2020

Amtrak this week tightened its rules pertaining to wearing facial masks aboard trains by threatening to remove and/or ban from travel those who fail to comply with its rules.

The intercity passenger carrier joined some airlines that have recently announced they will take similar actions against non-compliant passengers.

Although Amtrak last May began requiring that passengers wear masks, it has allowed those traveling alone to remove their masks once seated.

Now it has tightened that rule by requiring all passengers wear masks about trains at all time unless they are in a sleeping car room.

In an announcement on it website Amtrak said it reserves the right to prohibit those violating the mask rules from traveling on the carrier again.

DOT to Donate Masks to Transportation Workers

May 29, 2020

The U.S. Department of Transportation said this week it will donate 5.5 million cloth facial coverings to transportation workers.

The masks will be sent through the U.S. Postal Service in coming weeks.

In a news release, DOT said the donations include 4.8 million masks for mass transit and passenger rail, 3.8 million for aviation, 2.4 million for maritime, 2.2 million for freight rail, 2.1 million for highway and motor carriers and 258,000 for pipeline systems.